Unisa Strictly Prohibits Using AI During Exams

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Students at South Africa’s largest university will begin their mid-year examinations later this month. The university has provided these students with a guide to rules and regulations to ensure they are adequately prepared. 


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The University of South Africa (Unisa) is gearing up for the commencement of its May/June 2023 examinations.

The institution has issued a reminder to students as they prepare for their tests, regarding rules and regulations particularly when it comes to cheating. One notable rule is the ban of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in their exams. 

AI has seen a recent growth in its popularity, as it can provide well-written answers to questions asked by its users, making it a beneficial source, especially for students.

In its reminder, Unisa said: 

The use of Artificial Intelligence software (ChatGPT, etc.) and online sources (Course Material) during your online examination session is strictly prohibited.

The university also highlighted that students will now be given 30 minutes to upload their answer scripts for their written examinations on the official myExams platform, and have only one submission opportunity for multiple-choice question examinations.

This is to ensure ensure academic integrity through the tightening of examination procedures. 

Unisa added:

In addition, listening to audio (music) and utilising audio-to-text software has been strictly prohibited during your examination session, unless use of the software is related to a student’s  assistive device which has been declared.

Listening to music, utilising such software and/or failing to declare the software is a transgression of Unisa’s examination rules and the student's marks will be withheld. 

Other regulations include: 

  • If a student is found to have been outside the invigilator app for a total of 10 minutes during their examination session, they will be considered to have violated Unisa's examination rules and their marks will be withheld.
  • Any proctoring or invigilation images found to be unrecognizable, obscured, faint or not containing a full facial image will be deemed a transgression of Unisa's examination rule, and students’ marks will be withheld. 

 

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